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2017-18 Shorenstein APARC Overview Available

News / November 27, 2018

Shorenstein APARC's annual overview of the Center's 2017-18 activities  is now available to download

Feature sections look at the Center's seminars, conferences, and other activities in response to the North Korean crisis, research and events related to China's past, present, and future, and several Center research initiatives focused on technology and the changing workforce.

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Stephen Stedman, advocate for undergraduate education, leads Stanford’s Faculty Senate

News / November 27, 2018

CDDRL Deputy Director Stephen Stedman is named a chair to the Stanford University Faculty Senate. Read more about his work, legacy, and aspirations here

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Task Force: Patients at high risk of HIV should take daily preventive drug

News / November 20, 2018

A national panel of medical experts is recommending for the first time that clinicians offer daily preventive medication to patients who are at high risk of acquiring HIV/AIDS.

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Proposed CMS rule about disclosing drug costs on TV ads could have public health & legal concerns

Commentary / November 20, 2018

The Trump administration has proposed a new rule that would require direct-to-consumer TV advertisements for prescription drugs to disclose the price of their products.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) said the disclosures would help consumers “make informed decisions that minimize not only their out-of-pocket costs, but also expenditures borne by Medicare and Medicaid, both of which are significant problems.”

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A New Age of Reform

Commentary / November 19, 2018

 "For the first time in American history, a U.S. congressional election was determined by “instant runoff,” using the system of ranked-choice voting that Maine had adopted in a 2016 voter initiative, and then reinstated (over the resistance of the state legislature and much of the state’s professional political class) in a June 2018 “people’s veto” initiative," writes Larry Diamond in The American Interest.

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For election hackers, a new and more dangerous tool

Commentary / November 19, 2018

"The election interference tactics originally deployed by Russia against the United States and Europe are now global. Hackers across the democratic world have exploited weaknesses in campaign email servers; probed electronic voting machines for vulnerabilities; set up troll farms to spread highly-partisan narratives; and employed armies of bots to distort the truth online.

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People's News: Nobel Prize winner draws global attention to issues with early childhood development in rural China at international conference co-hosted by REAP and Alibaba

News / November 17, 2018

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儿童早期发展关乎人的一生,对贫困农村儿童早期发展领域的投入,会为社会发展带来长期且高效的回报。

2018年11月17日,“养育未来,从0开始——2018年儿童早期发展国际论坛”在陕西西安举行,诺贝尔经济学奖得主詹姆斯·赫克曼等国内外学者,用来自世界各地的成功案例提示着儿童早期发展工作的重要性。

而正在秦岭山区、陕西宁陕县推进的“养育未来”项目,成为与会专家们讨论的焦点,“宁陕模式”成为中国在0-3岁儿童早期发展工作上全新的经验。

项目发起方之一阿里巴巴脱贫基金副主席彭蕾在现场称,希望携手各界,以宁陕实践为起点,共同探索可复制、宜推广的社会模式,让中国儿童早期发展的探索,从0开始,走向世界。

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Meet Suhani Jalota: PhD candidate in health policy who wants to help women help themselves

Q&A / November 15, 2018

Suhani Jalota was only 20 years old when she established a foundation to help impoverished women in the slums of her native city, Mumbai. She was 23 when Forbes named her one of Asia’s 30-Under-30 Social Entrepreneurs as her foundation was taking off. Now, at the ripe old age of 24, she is embarking on her pursuit of a PhD in health policy on the econ track at Stanford Medicine’s Department of Health Research and Policy.

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Stanford Scholars Examine Khashoggi's Assassination and the Saudi Crackdown on Dissent

News / November 15, 2018

In a panel discussion titled “The Khashoggi Affair and Saudi Arabia’s War Against Dissent,” Stanford University scholars examined the context for of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and implications of his murder for U.S.-Saudi relations.

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Journalism Award Recipient Details Kim Jong Un's North Korea

News / November 15, 2018

On November 14, APARC honored the 2018 Shorenstein Journalism Award recipient, Washington Post Beijing bureau chief Anna Fifield. At a Stanford event, Fifield joined a panel discussing economic changes in North Korea, as well as the country’s position in global diplomacy under the leadership of Kim Jong Un.

A recap of the panel by The Stanford Daily is now available online.

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Wolak recommends "cost based" market for Hawaiian Electric Company

News / November 14, 2018

On November 2 at the University of Hawaii, PESD Director Frank Wolak gave a special seminar "How Should the Public Utilities Commission Regulate Hawaiian Electric Company for Better Integration of Renewable Energy?" in which he recommended a "cost based" market for Hawaiian Electric Company.

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Research Scholar Discusses Japanese Company’s IPO Plans

Commentary / November 14, 2018

Kenji Kushida spoke with Marketplace following Japanese holding company SoftBank's IPO announcement (Runtime - 2 minutes).

 

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To save arms control, House Democrats should act like a GOP senator

Commentary / November 14, 2018

Donald Trump has stated his intention to ditch the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. He and National Security Advisor John Bolton also appear unhappy with the New Strategic Arms Reductions Treaty (New START).

Withdrawal from New START would leave Russian strategic forces wholly unconstrained and end the flow of valuable information from the treaty’s verification and on-site inspection provisions.

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Beijing Workshop Explores Options for Interventions in Civil Wars

News / November 13, 2018

Shorenstein APARC’s U.S.-Asia Security Initiative (USASI), the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), and the School for International Studies at Peking University recently co-hosted the security workshop “Civil Wars, Intrastate Violence, and International Responses.” Held in Beijing...

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Position announcement: Faculty appointment in Korean studies

News / November 13, 2018

Stanford University seeks candidates for a freestanding faculty position within the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies focused on Korea studies. This is an open search with respect to rank and disciplinary focus in the social sciences. The successful candidate will have interest, experience, or expertise in policy.

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Fourth Young Nuclear Professionals forum brings together U.S. and Russian scholars in Moscow

News / November 13, 2018

Persistent nuclear threats and the recent erosion of relations between the United States and Russia paint a gloomy picture for the future of cooperation between nuclear powers. Despite these enormous challenges, Stanford is leading an effort to bring young nuclear scholars from the United States and Russia together to tackle urgent problems together and share ideas.

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MIP Internship Q&A: Manuel Ramos

Q&A / November 12, 2018

Manuel Ramos is a Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy (MIP) student at Stanford University in the Class of 2019. He spent this past summer working on justice issues in Kenya for the World Bank's Development Impact Evaluation (DIME). Funding is made available to MIP students for 10-week summer internships with organizations that work on international policy issues. 

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Stanford Korea Program’s Conference Draws Leading Korean Studies Scholars to Advance a Shared Vision for the Field’s Future in North America

News / November 12, 2018

How can Korean studies faculty cultivate supportive and critical scholarly communities with graduate students? What can be done to overcome the severe constraints on Korean language training in North America? Why is there a dearth of Korea scholarship in academic literature? And how should Korean studies librarians prepare for the future in the light of new technologies and young researchers’ increasing interest in digital scholarship?

These were some of the questions examined at a two-day conference...

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Stanford Applied Cybersecurity Student Team Places First at CPTC Nationals

News / November 12, 2018
The Stanford student team, comprised of students in the Applied Cybersecurity student group and coached by Alex Keller of the School of Engineering, took 1st place again this year, successfully defending their National Championship title against stiff competition at the Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition (CPT
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SCPKU Welcomes Stanford Students to China Studies in Beijing

News / November 10, 2018

A group of 8 Stanford graduate and undergraduate students entered the gates of SCPKU on September 21st. They are participating in the inaugural fall quarter of China Studies in Beijing, an overseas, pilot program being offered by the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies in partnership with Peking University. Jay Gonzalez, a Stanford junior, already described his experience as “life-changing” – “exactly what I dreamed of and more.”

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Failed Dream of Political Islam

Commentary / November 9, 2018

Islamism has imitated, or colluded with, the state autocracies it claims to oppose. It has failed to suggest its own answers to economic problems, social justice, education or corruption, writes Hicham Alaoui in Le Monde diplomatique.

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